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Kappa Alpha Psi Beautillion Saturday
Kappa Beautillion
The gentlemen of the Kappa League include (first row) Marquis Workman, Daryl Richardson, Ashley Williams, Alex Cooke, George Randolph, (second row) Nicholas Tucker, Latrell Richardson, Sheldon Wright, Travis Smith, Denzel Martin and Markeis Murphy. Not pictured are Hamid Mathis, Josh Miller, Terrance Miller, Javaris Crim, Johntrelle Bracey, Tevin Leary and Darius Alexander.

The first Camden Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Beautillion will be held Saturday in Camden High School’s (CHS) auditorium Saturday. The Beautillion will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception. During the program, young men who have completed Kappa League -- the fraternity’s leadership program -- will be presented to their parents, friends, teachers and other invited guests.

The Kappa Leadership & Development League is in its second year of existence under the guidance of Kappa Alpha Psi’s Camden Chapter in partnership with CHS. The Kappa League program is designed to aid young men of high school age grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. Kappa League provides both challenging and rewarding experiences to enhance their lives.

Kappa Alpha Psi leaders said the fraternity’s purpose is achievement. Therefore, its primary purpose is to help young men achieve worthy goals for themselves and make constructive contributions to their community when they assume leadership roles. Kappa League members participate in a number of activities during the school year to support the school and community including Adopt-A-Highway, voter registration drives and a Habitat for Humanity building blitz.

This year, Kappa Leaguers also attended a two-day leadership conference in Greenville that brought together more than 300 other students participating in Kappa League programs in Georgia and South Carolina. Attendees also participated in “Avenues for Achievement,” a program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college and post-graduate life.

Participants are required to attend bi-weekly workshops on topics such as fiscal responsibility, men’s health, financial aid, career preparation and public speaking. This year, they attended a final workshop on etiquette and the finer points of haberdashery at Columbia’s Capital City Club. Students enjoyed a six-course meal while learning the fine points of being a gentleman.

During Saturday’s Beautillion, each young “beau” invites a young lady to escort him for the evening as his “belle” and performs a waltz in a black tie ensemble. Tickets for Saturday’s event at CHS are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Kappa Alpha Psi will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of the community. Special awards will also be given to those beaus with exceptional performance in the program, with one being crowned “Mr. Kappa Beau.”